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Minnesota man accused of throwing pig’s foot at Somalis

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — Authorities allege a Minnesota man threw a pig's foot at Somalis at a farmers market. Sixty-one-year-old Joe Fernkes of Willmar is charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He's due in court Aug. 30. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations ...

Couple’s arranged marriage turned into 19-year ‘love story’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — David and Elizabeth Weinlick's life together began like a reality TV show, blossomed into two decades out of a romance novel, and now seems destined to end in tragedy. David Weinlick and Elizabeth Runze were strangers when they said "I do" in front of thousands of ...

Minnesota restaurant owner indicted on forced labor charge

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Minnesota restaurant owner in a labor trafficking case. The U.S. Attorney's office says 71-year-old Pisanu "Pat" Sukhtipyaroge of Maplewood faces one count of forced labor. The indictment comes two weeks after Sukhtipyaroge was ...

Tornadoes touch down in south-central Minnesota

NICOLLET, Minn. (AP) — The National Weather Service says tornadoes have touched down in south-central Minnesota. A trained spotter reports 6-inch tree branches down and street signs bent over after a tornado struck about a mile south of Nicollet just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. A tornado also ...

Minnesota unions approve contract, raises for state workers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Members of Minnesota's two massive public employee unions have ratified a new, two-year contract for the state's 30,000-plus workers. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the contracts for the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees and AFSCME Council 5 ...

Minnesota residents concerned after quarry blasts

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Southern Minnesota residents are on edge after another quarry blast from a nearby mining operation sent a barrage of rocks through a neighborhood. A blast at Jefferson Quarry sent chunks of limestone — some as large as bowling balls — flying into a Mankato ...

Minnesota health insurers propose higher rates

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's four largest small-business health insurers are proposing average premium increases next year. Increases range from 8 to 17 percent, the Star Tribune reported . Some insurers say the increases are needed because enrollees are consuming more care while medical ...

Target moves to shore up grocery, improve delivery service

NEW YORK (AP) — Target announced moves Monday aimed at helping it shore up two key areas: groceries and delivery. To boost its grocery business, the company said it hired executives from rival Walmart and from Cheerios maker General Mills. Target's grocery section hasn't been as big a draw ...

Officials can’t ID source of E. coli that struck siblings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials say they are unable to identify the source of an E. coli strain that killed a 3-year-old Wright County girl and sickened her older brother. The state Health Department said Monday it has completed its investigation but was unable to identify ...

Pantone creates ‘Purple Rain’ hue to honor Prince

NEW YORK (AP) — A shade of purple named for the late superstar Prince was announced Monday by the icon's estate. The "Purple Rain" hue created by the Pantone Color Institute was dubbed "Love Symbol #2," paying tribute to his custom Yamaha piano and the squiggly graphic Prince began using as ...

Minnesota may change how it grades school performance

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials have drafted a plan that would change how the state evaluates school performance. The proposal calls for evaluating schools based on state test scores, how many students move up a level on state tests, graduation rates, progress for students ...

Buhl man drowns while trying to rescue dog

BUHL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Minnesota say a man has drowned while trying to rescue his dog from a water-filled mining pit. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says 56-year-old Gary Paternoster died after he was pulled from the water in Buhl Saturday evening. WCCO -TV ...

Patrol: Drunken driver doing 96 mph, 3 children in car

BALDWIN, Wis. (AP) — The State Patrol says a Minnesota man suspected of driving drunk with three children in the car was going nearly 100 mph before he was arrested. The 33-year-old man from St. Paul was stopped by the State Patrol about 7:30 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 94 near Baldwin in ...

Lead defendants in Minnesota heroin conspiracy sentenced

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the leader of a group distributing heroin in southern Minnesota that resulted in two fatal overdoses has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. The U.S. Attorney's office says 36-year-old Antonio Snell, one of five defendants, was sentenced ...

Minnesota hair salon focuses on the environment

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A St. Cloud hair salon is joining other salons in an effort to recycle hair waste for use in everything from pet beds to oil spills. Arbor Hair Studio in St. Cloud has partnered with Canada-based Green Circle Salons, which aims to recycle up to 90 percent of waste ...

Police: 3 men injured in early morning Minneapolis shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say that three men were hospitalized after an early morning shooting in Minneapolis. Authorities say that police responded to the shooting shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday. Officers found three adult men suffering from gunshot wounds when they arrived. The victims ...

Minnesota city’s Mayo Clinic services to shrink

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — Mayo Clinic plans to stop delivering babies and accepting inpatient and intensive-care admissions at one if its hospitals in southern Minnesota. Mayo Clinic is moving some health services from its Albert Lea facility to its Austin location over the next few years, ...

Minnesota woman tells her story of surviving Khmer Rouge

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The stories of a Minnesota woman who witnessed abuses as a child under a communist dictatorship in Cambodia are being used in an investigation into the atrocities. Sova Niev saw the deaths of her parents and brother under the Khmer Rouge more than 30 years ago, ...

Father: Woman killed by officer was ‘ripped from our arms’

By JEFF BAENEN, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The father and the fiance of an Australian woman shot to death by a Minneapolis police officer responding to her 911 call grieved at a public memorial service Friday night, the same time the family had planned to be on a plane to her ...

Judge delays decision on releasing full Wetterling case file

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota judge says she hasn't decided whether to allow several media organizations to join a legal dispute over whether to release case files from the Jacob Wetterling investigation. The first public hearing was held Friday about access to the investigative files ...

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